Grand Bend: Laurie Cannister race review

GRAND BEND, Ont.-Laurie Cannister launched her Girl Power Motorsports campaign this past weekend, and she showed the men just how strong she could be during the IHRA's second annual Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals. The rookie Funny Car driver ...

GRAND BEND, Ont.-Laurie Cannister launched her Girl Power Motorsports campaign this past weekend, and she showed the men just how strong she could be during the IHRA's second annual Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals.

The rookie Funny Car driver flexed her considerable muscle during her first Saturday qualifying attempt with an elapsed time of 6.189 seconds at 225.79 mph to end the session as the eighth quickest. She got even stronger in her final run down the Grand Bend Motorplex quarter-mile by stepping up to a 5.934/233.70 to land the second spot for yesterday's elimination rounds.

The executive assistant from Clinton, Pa., wasn't finished as she flirted with her first Funny Car win, making it into the semi-final round for the second straight tour race.

In yesterday's first elimination test against Dan Roman, Cannister was second out of the gate, but than drove by Roman like he was standing still. Cannister turned in a run of 5.899/234.00 to a 6.490/204.87 for Roman.

Cannister was matched in her second elimination trial against Paul Zgoda. When Zgoda got out of the groove and had to lift, Cannister stormed down the lane with her quickest run of the event, winning 5.883/234.07 to 6.169/230.71.

After the first two passes, the 2000 Pro Outlaw champion knew she needed a better reaction time if she had any hope of winning the next challenge. Cannister got it against John Vouros, .485-.486, and then it turned into a good old-fashioned drag race. Unfortunately, Cannister came up a tad short at the end of the quarter-mile, losing by .031seconds or approximately 11 feet with her clocking of 5.916/237.40 to Vouros' 5.884/235.97.

Cannister's progress has been remarkable for such a short time in a Funny Car. Coming into Canada, Cannister had experienced only three rounds of eliminations, which she got in the Richmond, Va., race after failing to qualify at the season opener in Rockingham, NC.

Cannister will be turning her attention to the 22nd annual Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill., coming up from June 14-16.

-IHRA

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , John Vouros